First Nations Development Institute Receives $1.2 Million to Build Effectiveness & Sustainability of Organizations Targeting Native Arts & Culture in Four States



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First Nations Development Institute Receives $1.2 Million to Build

Effectiveness & Sustainability of Organizations Targeting Native Arts

& Culture in Four States

LONGMONT, Colo., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- First

Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced it has

received a $1.2 million grant for a three-year project that aims to

build the sustainability and vibrancy of Native American organizations

that are specifically targeting Native artists and Native cultural

institutions.

Under the project, First Nations expects to award between 18 and 55

grants ranging from $500 to $30,000 each over the next three years.

The grants will help develop the effectiveness and capacity of

reservation-based and select non-reservation-based Native museums,

cultural centers, community development financial institutions

(CDFIs), nonprofit organizations, tribal programs and Native chambers

of commerce that have program initiatives in place to support Native

art and Native artists. There also will be additional grants,

scholarships and travel stipends awarded for professional development

opportunities, conferences and related convenings.

The grant, awarded by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation of Eden

Prairie, Minnesota, will allow First Nations to use its deep and

well-known capacity-building expertise within Indian Country,

specifically with projects in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota

and Wisconsin.

"We are sincerely thankful for this grant, of course, but we are even

more excited about the potential this project holds to give a

much-needed boost to Native arts and cultural entities, the people who

lead and manage them, and to the broad community of Native artists

themselves," said Michael E. Roberts, First Nations president.

"Through direct grants and our technical assistance and training, we

hope to significantly increase their management effectiveness and,

thus, the long-term sustainability, stability and economic impact of

these entities and individuals so they can continue to carry out their

essential work with Native artists. These organizations will assist in

increasing market access, access to capital, and overall market

readiness for Native artists and their goods. We believe the

continuing development of Native art is an important component of

Native community economic development and the retention of Native

cultures."

PROGRAM CONTACT: Raymond Foxworth, First Nations Senior Program

Officer and Deputy Director of Development (303) 774-7836 x207

rfoxworth@firstnations.org

MEDIA CONTACT: Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications

Officer (303) 774-7836 x213 rblauvelt@firstnations.org

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